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…Lifehacker is writing a book?

Lifehacker Book, a great source of life hacks (clever shortcuts or lesser-known, faster ways to complete a task), is publishing a book. Called Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day, it’s a supplement/companion to their very popular web site, “a collection of the best how-to’s from the site archives”. It’s an open source book in the sense that the already published material is “enhanced by additions, suggestions, questions and answers from Lifehacker readers”. If you enjoy “redefining personal productivity by tweaking, modding, mashing up, and repurposing web apps, desktop software, and common everyday objects”, then this book is for you. I’ve been an avid reader of Lifehacker for quite some time now, and judging by the material they’ve published in the past, a collection of their best stuff is a definite must have for any techie library’s shelves.

[Via – Lifehacker]

…Freakonomics is revised and better than ever?


Freakonomics brought the sexy back to Economics, and the world is a better place for it. Now, they’ve published a revised edition of their famous book, updating their facts and figures to better match these modern times we live in (only a year and a half after the original release), as well as adding 90 pages of new material. With an economist’s eye towards the world, they dissect everything from the drop in violent crime rates and the organizational structure of drug-dealing gangs to baby-naming patterns, making it both interesting and easily understandable. By drawing connections that most have not yet considered (linking the legalization of abortion to a reduced crime rater two decades later), Freakonomics solves many of the apparent mysteries of everyday life is a clear and concise manner. Definitely a must read if you’ve got any sort of desire to understand the world around you in a slightly different light.


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[Freakonomics Blog – Freakonomics 2.0]

…There is a university with classes in pranking?

Prank University

Pranks are like an art that only the artist appreciates. They involve careful planning, plenty of sneaking, and lots of patience. If you love pulling a fast one on your friends (or your enemies) but you’re looking for a little inspiration, then take a class at the Prank University. This book features 100 “essential” pranks with classics such as the Doorbell Drench and Silly-String Sleep or more modern operations like Quick Leg Shave, Wasabi Paste, and Plastic Forking. Each prank features step-by-step instructions and diagrams, and the book has an icon system to mark difficulty, number of accomplices needed, costs involved, and whether or not to film the event for posterity (always, in my opinion). This looks like a great resource for the prankster in all of us.

[Via: Uncrate]

…There exists a bookstore children want to go to?

China Childrens Bookstore

If this doesn’t get kids to read, nothing will. Kids Republic, a bookstore in China, looks like the fantasy world you read about in books, not a place to shop for them. Designed to look more like a playground than a store, it features huge story telling screens and a myriad of play areas, all done up in vibrant colors and intriguing shapes. Kids can crawl in and around the little nooks where they can read and relax. Seems like the kids may well enjoy the playing much more than the reading, but either way, it may be the only way to get your child to even think about entering a bookstore.

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[Via: the cool hunter]

…you can now Mooch off of others more than you do now?

Book Mooch
BookMooch is yet another way the Internet is replacing the neighborhood. Remember the video store? Yeah, it got Netflixed. Remember shopping at a store? Yeah, it got Amazoned. Remember trading a book you loved with your neighbor so they could enjoy it too? Now, no need. A web site called BookMooch allows readers to trade their books with each other for points, and then use those points to get books from other users. No longer are you stuck with only the first Harry Potter book. Now, trade your way through the series without having to ask your 10-year-old daughter if you can borrow hers. Here’s how it works:

  • For every book you trade, you get a point. Then, you can get a book from anyone else for a point. Really like the book? Just keep it. Can’t get past page 2? No problem, just trade it to someone with more ‘eclectic’ tastes.
  • For every book you enter information for into their system, they give you 1/10th of a point. The only catch is that you must trade one book for every two that you receive.
  • Got good heart? Donate points to your favorite charity or hospital, and let people far less fortunate than you have a little joy in their life. (Come on, I know you want to).
  • No one has your book yet? Create a ‘wishlist’ with Amazon. Then, when someone finally gets the nerve to give up their only copy of Catcher In The Rye, they’ll know who to send it to (and who to hide from). Also, if no one offers the book you’re looking for, you can break down and purchase it on Amazon through their site, allowing BookMooch enough commission to keep their servers up for one more day.
  • Just like eBay, other users create a feedback score for you. Keep trading them heavily used copies of their favorite childhood book? Lower scores for you. The higher your score, the more likely someone will help you on your search for that French edition of Everybody Poops.
  • Cost? All you pay is shipping. Too bad if you’re trying to ship the 1424 page, 3.9 pound hardcover brick of a book War and Peace, but not a bad deal for what people normally read.

So head on over and check it out. Your mom will thank you (but your TV won’t).